Maserati MC20 — When it comes to car names, there are a few that stand out among the crowd. Sure, everyone know Ferrari and Lamborghini are awesome just by their name. Porsche has conjured up a solid image for itself over the years, but the fact that no one seems to be able to agree on how to say it properly takes some point off. But the one car name that stands out over and above them all has, and will always be Maserati.
Despite the top-flight name, the company itself has not quite lived up to its awesome-sounding persona in recent years, at least not until now. Sales have been down and the once-brilliant Italian carmaker has needed a boost for quite some time. And now, with the debut of the Maserati MC20, Maserati finally has a flagship car that can back up its awesome-sounding name with an awesome-performing car.
At first glance, you might mistake the Maserati MC20 for another letter/number style supercar, the McLauren MP4-12C or perhaps the 720S, and no one would blame you. The low-slung roof, aggressive stance, sloping rear curves and center-mounted exhaust all scream McLauren. But the MC20 is a different kind of cat. Let’s start with the carbon-fiber chassis tub that only has to support about a panini over 3,300 pounds with the help of a multilink suspension setup. That light weight and supremely capable chassis help the steering on this car to feel shockingly intuitive and on point.
That level of attention to a track car’s handling is important when you then realize the amount of power you have on tap. Powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo and direct-injected DOHC V6, the MC20 puts down a ridiculous 621-horsepower and shocking 538 pound-feet of torque. That power is then routed through a slick shifting 8-speed twin-clutch automatic that allows for three different drive modes GT, Sport or the race-ready Corsa. That power is then sent to only the rear wheels where custom-made Potenza rubber await to do their best to put as much of that silly power to the pavement. The engine itself utilizes dry-sump lubrication and a Formula 1-inspired twin-combustion system to set it apart from its competitors.
Not surprisingly, all that power makes for a seriously fast ride. Maserati tells us that the MC20 will sprint from 0-60 mph in a scaldingly fast 2.9 seconds, from 0-100 mph in just 6.0 seconds and through the quarter mile in a scant 11.1 seconds at a ridiculous 135 mph. Reigning in all that speed are a set of massive 6-piston Brembo carbon ceramic brakes up front while 4-piston monobloc calipers await out back. No official braking numbers are out but give the weight and size of those brakes, we expect the MC20 to drop from 60-0 mph in just about 100 feet.
Inside, the Maserati MC20 doesn’t give you the sense that it is a two-hundred thousand dollar car, at least not in the way that Mercedes or Porsche do. But, it does feel purpose built and exudes a very ‘no nonsense’ aura with everything centralized around the driver’s needs while still being able to keep an eye on the road or track. A 10.0-inch touchscreen handles infotainment capabilities, and even some basic HVAC responsibilities since there is nary a button in sight around the cabin as aside from arguably the big center knob that allows you to choose between drive or reverse.
While not being the most posh car out there, the Maserati MC20 when put into the proper drive mode, allows the adjustable dampers to do their job effectively and keep things calm inside the cabin. Noise is isolated well enough for a race-ready track car, and there is even a steering wheel button (we found one!) to lift the front end of the car up to keep you from sheering off any of that precious carbon fiber.
As we mentioned, the base price for this car is just over the 200k mark, specifically $215,995. Depending on your station in life, that can seem ungodly expensive, or remarkably cheap. But if you are comparing it to its rivals, the Maserati MC20 falls somewhere in the middle and for the amount of power and prestige you get, can be considered a very good value. Plus, you also have to consider just how much having the coolest car made by the company with easily the coolest name in history is actually worth.